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Atrium Health offers a neurologic physical therapy program designed to train exceptional physical therapists in advanced neurological physical therapy care in inpatient and outpatient settings. The accredited program is recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.


About the Program

The Neurologic Physical Therapy Clinical Residency at Atrium Health is a comprehensive one-year program that includes rotations across acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation settings. Residents provide 36 hours of patient care each week, including four hours with a clinical mentor, and are employed by Atrium Health. Residents will participate in weekly interactive seminars 4 hours per week. Compensation includes a program-adjusted salary and a full benefits package.

This state-of-the-art residency program exposes residents to advanced technology, utilizes a one-of-a-kind curriculum, and offers specialty experiences not commonly available to traditional practicing physical therapists. The program engages participants in face-to-face instructional seminars and labs led by clinical experts. The curriculum integrates scientific concepts that enhance patient examination, clinical decision-making, medical management and advanced treatment skills.

The program curriculum provides advanced instruction in relevant neuroanatomy, motor learning and motor control, pharmacology, imaging, differential diagnosis, outcome measures, critical inquiry, and the evidence-based process of neurological rehabilitation across a patient-client management model.

Completion of this program will prepare you for:

  • Advanced neurologic physical therapy practice
  • ABPTS Neurologic Clinical Specialist examination
  • Efficient and effective patient management
  • Application of evidence-based practices

Admission Requirements

We welcome recent graduates interested in neurologic physical therapy. Post-entry level clinical experience in neurology preferred. Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • Graduate of a CAPTE-accredited PT program with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree or completion of a post-professional DPT
  • Active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and of the Neurology section
  • Eligible to practice physical therapy within Atrium Health
  • Current North Carolina physical therapy license
  • Current CPR certification

Application Portal

To simplify the application process for prospective physical therapist (PT) residents as well as to facilitate the admissions process, we participate in the APTA's Residency/Fellowship Physical Therapist Centralized Application Services (RF-PTCAS). Apply here.

Information and instructions on the application process can be found at the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education Application Service.

Completed applications are due the last week of January (see RFPTCAS portal for exact date). The program start date is the first full week in June.


Applications approved by our admissions committee will be invited to sit for an interview. Interviews will be held during the 3rd and 4th week of February. Interview offers will be communicated via the RF-PTCAS application portal.

Learn More

Read our curriculum overview and FAQ or download the program outcomes to learn more about our program. More information can be found herePlease email Program Director, Katie Sewell with any questions.